Restaurants, Bars, Beachclubs, Nightclubs

There are many hundreds of great restaurants in Playa and here are some of our suggestions.  We have arranged them in geographically – those closest to the villas are in Playacar – then those on 5th Avenue, then those in Playa, but off 5th Avenue.  Although 5th Avenue is famous for its restaurants and entertainment, in recent years Avenida 10 has also become a great street for choosing a restaurant – there are many options all along 10th – which is the main street as you exit Playacar from the main entrance.

Playacar Restaurants                                                                              

All are casual and popular with Playacar residents

Casa Sofia –  Great value Italian restaurant which is very popular with locals and long term expats.  Just outside Playacar between the town entrance (turn left) and the entrance half way along Paseo Coba (turn right).  Reservations recommended! Tel. 984 166 4252 address Av. Aviacion s/n, Playacar, 77723 Playa del Carmen
Casa Sofia

Don Pepperoni – Argentinian next to Latinos in Plaza Pakal and very popular for excellent take-away pizzas Tel 984 8033990

La Brioche – Café with great French bread and perfect for a morning coffee, or breakfast – next to Don Pepperoni in Plaza Pakal Tel 984 8034500

Playamar Bakery

Los Aguachiles – Just outside Playacar on Avenida 10.  Great for tacos

Los Agua Chiles

5th Avenue Restaurants

TropicalMexican, mayan and international dishes at reasonable prices.  Casual atmosphere. On La Quinta


La Parilla Popular and lively Mexican grill, often with Mariachi bands.


All the classic Mexican dishes. Best by taxi – junction Constityentes/5th

La Bodiguita Cuban restaurant with live Cuban music most nights starting at about 8.30pm


Two blocks north of Yaxache on 5th Avenue – best by taxi.  The atmosphere is Cuban, with salsa many evenings.  Also possible to visit just the bar. Cuarta Bodeguita  5ta Avenida Esq. Calle 34 Norte,
Tel. 984 803.3951

100% Natural – outdoor dining in a casual atmosphere on La Quinta, with many vegetarian options Calle Quinta Avenida 209 Mz 28, Centro, 77720  Tel. 984 873 2242

Carboncitas – Mexican restaurant, largely ‘Tex-Mex’ style, always popular.  Between Avenida 5 and 10 on calle 4; so about 10 minutes walk from the Playacar entrance.


Mi Pueblo – Mexican grill in central location on 5th. (5th/approximately calle 10).  Traditional Mexican dishes.
Mi Pueblo

El Oasis – Popular for seafood on calle 12 between Avenida 5 and 10

Chez Celine – Boulangerie, café popular for breakfast – on 5th but at the northern end, so taxi or car recommended.

Eldiez Parilla Argentina Argentinian steak house with steaks, empanadas etc. La Quinta – calle 30.  984 8035418

Restaurants off 5th Avenue

La Famiglia  Excellent, casual Italian on 10th Avenue, calle 10.  Reservation recommended! Closed Mondays.  Tel. 984-803-5350
La Familia

Como Como Opposite La Famiglia, high quality international cuisine.


Po Thai Excellent Thai food with a casual atmosphere.  10th Avenue, near Constytientes

Ipanemas GrillBrazillian steakhouse on Avenida 10, calle 10

Babe’sNoodles and Thai between 5th and 10th Avenida / Calle 10

Restaurant Cueva del Chango Old style Playa restaurant, taxi recommended – calle 38

CheestersPasta with more than you can eat!  Ave 40 / calle 4 – taxi recommended

La Mission Good quality Mexican food in a casual atmosphere.  Ave 10, just outside the Playacar entrance

La Alux Restaurant / lounge set in a cave.  Best by taxi – Juarez Mza Av 217 Lote 2 Col Ejidal diagonal between 65 y 70

El Fogon – Local style tacos for a casual and light meal.  Two restaurants close together on Ave 30/Constityentes, opposite the Mega supermarket and the other on Ave 30 opposite Walmart supermarket

Beach Bars / Restaurants for Lunch

Xpu-Ha – Just south of Puerto Aventuras, relaxing beach restaurant with live music many weekends and a beautiful bay.

El Merkadito – Small fish restaurant in Puerto Morelos, just north of the main village square, on the beach.

Live Music

Zenzi c/10 and the beach

Fusion – c/6 and the beach

Wah Wah c/2 and the beach

Fah – 5th Avenida between c/8 and c/10

La Bodiguita Cuban restaurant with live Cuban music Avda 5 / c34.  The live music varies but is usually every evening except Monday.  Starts 8.30 – 9 for two hours – and is usually great!


Cirque du Soleil Resident show in the Riviera Maya


Mostly found on c/12 between Av 5 and the beach.

Coco Bongo – on Av. 10/12

Cirque du Soleil This show is famous worldwide – and it can be enjoyed right here in the Riviera Maya

Beach Clubs

Reef – Located in Playacar between our houses and the golf club (it is in the opposite direction to the town of Playa del Carmen)

MamitasLocated on c/28 and the beach at the north end of town and has a youthful atmosphere.  Check for music events on their website

Kool – Located near Mamitas c/28

ZenziBar and restaurant with evening music – in the heart of Playa del Carmen town beach

Wicky’s – In the heart of the Playa del Carmen town beach